Interesting piece on nostalgia

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Posted by w0ep on June 4, 2018 at 7:54 pm

[today’s run: 4 miles]

I enjoyed this piece regarding nostalgia.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/reunions-and-the-power-of-nostalgia/

I’m not really a big reunion guy.  I am planning to attend a reunion of sorts at my high school this summer.  But I have not been to one for about 25 years (? something like that).  I figure people who have lived without me that long probably are doing OK or I would have heard.  Its not like I’m hard to find.

The piece I posted talks about remembering the challenges and I think that’s what draws me more.

That desire — not so much to go back, as to know we could go back, that it always remains an option — is one of the oldest of our human stories, and the bereavement of losing it recurs in everything from the Biblical story of the Fall (which bars the return to Eden) to the newborn child’s desire to re-create the confinement of the womb. And it need not be Eden we want to return to; many of us share that drive to return to high school, graduate school, the Army, or other places that were terribly hard on us.

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  • On June 6, 2018 at 7:13 pm Jonathan Howard said

    Maybe it’s one of those “there are two kinds of people” things? I, personally, can’t see any allure of a place that was “terribly hard on us.” Put a period on it and move on.

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